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Fenway Park Hosting Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill Event In February

Racers can reach speeds of 50 miles per hour skating down a seven-story tower on the right-field bleachers
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Fenway Park will see the sport of ice cross downhill "make its wintery debut in Boston" at the Red Bull Crashed Ice event in February '19, according to Hayden Bird of the BOSTON GLOBE. In ice cross downhill, a track covered in ice has four racers at a time "reach speeds of 50 miles per hour as they skate down a seven-story tower constructed on the right-field bleachers along a 2,000-foot course, replete with jumps and tight turns." Racers will then "follow the narrow track around the bases, finishing at home plate." Reigning women's ice cross downhill world champion Amanda Trunzo said, "A huge thing for our sport is to show it to people who have never seen it, and get it into new locations. That's how the sport will continue to develop." Bird noted the race at Fenway will be ice cross downhill's "first time in a major sports venue." Two-time men's ice cross downhill world champion Cameron Naasz said, "Having the event inside Fenway Park is going to be a game-changer for the sport of ice cross downhill." Construction on the track "will begin in January." Fenway "first hosted an extreme winter sports event" in '16, with Big Air at Fenway, which "helped instill confidence that ice cross downhill could follow." Fenway Sports Management Managing Dir Mark Lev estimated a "two-day attendance figure" for the event in the range of 40,000-50,000 (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 9/11).